Betty Mae Jumper Chickee Church

By Betty Mae Jumper

A long, long time ago, before the Chickee Church was built, our group used to go many different places to hold our services. Joann Micco had a restaurant where the Seminole Police Department station is now, and this is where services were held for a while. Before that, we went to the gymnasium and at times we met in the home or empty apartment of one of the church members. I used to think that the way we moved around was the same as Moses when he used to roam with his group in the wilderness. (continue...)

USET Hosts Impact Week

By E. Bowers

Attorney Janet Reno said she is seeking more funds for law enforcement in Indian Country.WASHINGTON D.C. - United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) hosted its annual Impact Week in the nation's capital, Feb. 2-5. Representatives from 23 tribes spent five days debating and strategizing the finer points of federal legislation, lobbying legislators and bureaucrats, and honing up on the latest news from Capitol Hill. (continue...)

Babbitt Leaves Tribes Guessing On Gaming

By Charles Flowers

Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt makes his pointALEXANDRIA, VA - Wearing a hunted look, and surrounded by security agents, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt finally let Indian Tribes in on his gaming strategy. Or did he?

Only days before Attorney General Janet Reno would announce that she had named Babbitt to her growing list of Cabinet officers under investigation, Babbitt spoke to a packed auditorium at the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) conference here last month. (continue...)

Time Travel Tour Honors Osceola

By E. Bowers

Mitchell Cypress and James Billie carry flower arrangement to Osceola's grave.CHARLESTON, S.C. - On the 160th anniversary of his passing, the legendary Seminole war leader Osceola was honored in a Commemoration Ceremony at Fort Moultrie National Monument.

The Jan. 30 event, covered by the national media, was the climax of the Seminole Tribe's Time Travel Tour. Billed as the "Return to Charleston," the Tour brought 100 Seminole Tribal members to Charleston for several days of travel, tradition and remembrance. (continue...)

A Busy Two Hours For Tribal Council

By Pete B. Gallagher

HOLLYWOOD - A beer and wine license for Billie Swamp Safari, the resolution of the controversial Candlelight Park takeover, support for a large land purchase in Central Florida, a potential investment in electrical component assemblage, a proposal for a giant indoor entertainment complex and solving a Ft. Pierce Reservation -- Department of Transportation dilemma made for a busy two-hour special meeting of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Council, Feb. 27. (continue...)

Business As Usual For Tribal Board

By E. Bowers

Council MeetingHOLLYWOOD - The Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc. -Tribal Board of Directors - convened on Feb. 27. Issues discussed included the recent Tribal Fair, the Charleston trip, new hirings, business opportunities and program reports.

*Hollywood Rep. Elton "Carl" Baxley reported that the Tribal Fair posted a $6,000 profit. Although there are still some bills to be paid, President Mitchell Cypress stated that it was "good to see we got something in the books." Baxley figured that the Tribal Fair may break even in the end. (continue...)